Democrats to demand 100% emissions-free vehicles by 2035

by Ari Natter, World Oil Highlights The Select Committee on the Climate Crisis convened by Pelosi and chaired by Representative Kathy Castor of Florida, released a 500-page plan that seeks to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, calls for achieving 100% clean vehicles by 2035, and demands an extension of a tax credit that’s successfully boosted […]

Renewable-energy spending likely to surpass oil and gas for the first time ever in 2021

by Ben Winck, Business Insider Highlights Goldman Sachs reports that renewable energy investments will be a quarter of all energy spending in 2021, surpassing investment in oil and gas If the United States aims to meet climate standards that result in less than 2 degrees Celsius of warming, the transition into renewable energy will create […]

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The U.S. can get to 90% clean electricity in just 15 years

by Adele Peters, Fast Company Highlights A new report from UC Berkeley shows that the falling price of renewable energy can result in the U.S. using 90% clean energy by 2035, ultimately transitioning to 100% renewable energy by 2045. Adding new clean energy infrastructure could add up to 570,000 new jobs each year The Internation […]

U.S. renewable energy consumption surpasses coal for the first time in over 130 years

By Mickey Francis, US Energy Information Administration Highlights In 2019, U.S. annual energy consumption from renewable sources exceeded coal consumption for the first time since before 1885, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) Compared with 2018, coal consumption in the United States decreased nearly 15%, and total renewable energy consumption grew by 1%, […]

Fires are coming. But PG&E and some cities are holding up battery backups

By Sammy Roth, The Los Angeles Times Highlights Solar installation companies are working to get projects done before the next wildfire season starts in Calfornia, but restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic is making it hard to do business. Some cities are refusing to issue permits for solar and storage installations as county buildings are […]

Solar and wind cheapest sources of power in most of the world

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg Highlights Solar power and onshore wind power are now the cheapest new sources of electricity in the majority of the world’s population. The Levelized Cost of Energy for wind has fallen 9% and solar has dropped by 4%   Prices are especially low in the U.S., China, and Brazil  Improvements in the technology, […]

Southern California Edison contracts mammoth 770mw energy storage portfolio to replace California gas plants

By Jeff St. John, Greentech Media Highlights Investor-owned utility Southern California Edison (SCE)  has signed multiple grid battery contracts totaling in 770 megawatts of storage. SCE aims to have these seven projects live by August 2021, making it the fastest turnaround for a project of this size These batteries will be stationed at existing solar […]

What’s the ideal way for the microgrid industry to come back from COVID-19?

By Lisa Cohn, Microgrid Knowledge  Highlights The Clean Energy community called for relief in the recent federal stimulus package as the industry has taken a critical hit due to the COVID- 19 pandemic. Over 100,000 clean energy sector workers have lost their jobs due to business shifting during the pandemic and the industry could lose half […]

Oil companies are collapsing, but wind and solar energy keep growing

By Ivan Penn, The New York Times Highlights Even though the renewable energy sector is facing some losses during the coronavirus pandemic, renewables are set to account for nearly 21% of the electricity in the United States, a 3% increase from 2019 Renewables prices have not dropped as much as oil and gas prices during […]

New study supports distributed clean energy and community energy resilience

by Brian Bienkowski, Environmental Health News Highlights Small-scale energy projects are likely to help the world reach climate goals more effectively than larger-scale projects, according to a new study from Science Magazine. The study used existing technologies to see what would help countries lower emissions all the way down to net-zero by 2050 and examined […]